Famara Beach, Lanzarote

Striving to the top: buildings, structures, and languages

As far back as records go, humans have strived to go faster, further, and higher than before. Our buildings and structures are no exception to this. As cultures throughout history have fought for the top spot, the title of World’s Tallest Building has changed hands many times.

Read on to see which structures have held this record, where they are located, and what their connection to the languages of the world is.

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Annecy: France’s exciting outdoor capital

As the Pearl of the French Alps, Annecy is arguably one of the most diverse destinations in all of France – and maybe even in Europe. Nestled between majestic mountains and the gentle shores of Lac d’Annecy, this charming place is the perfect base for mountain lovers and water sports enthusiasts. With its stunning Old Town full of historic sights, quaint cafés, and lovely townhouses, history buffs and romantics are sure to get their fix as well. If none of these pique your interest, the huge number of exciting annual events the city hosts surely will. It’s impossible to be bored here!

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Regensburg: magnificent monuments and funky bars

Traditional and funky, historic and modern, quaint and vibrant – the city of Regensburg combines lots of seemingly contradictory characteristics. One of the loveliest historic towns in Bavaria and also a vibrant student city, Regensburg offers something for everyone. It’s certainly an amazing location for an immersive German course! Work on your language skills in the morning, visit impressive historical sights in the afternoon, and finish your day with a glass of beer in a trendy local bar.

Want to know more about this unique city? Read on to learn what makes Regensburg such a special place …

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Enjoy 2,754 years of history in sunny Syracuse!

Ancient temples dating back to the dawn of Western civilisation, dramatic volcanic landscapes, dreamy medieval villages, sunny beaches with crystal clear water, warm-hearted and welcoming people – Sicily is Italy at its best, and it brings together everything we love about this beautiful country.

Arguably one of the finest locations on this gorgeous island is the city of Syracuse, a place steeped in history that boasts an incomparable wealth of antique and medieval architecture. If you’re looking for somewhere to immersive yourself in Italian culture and delve into the island’s rich past, Syracuse is the destination for you!

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Kitzbühel: the gem in Austria’s crown

Nestled between high mountains like a pearl held in an oyster shell, Kitzbühel is a true gem. It’s a typical representative of Austria’s alpine communities. The alleys and streets of its medieval old town are lined with colourful houses characteristic of traditional Austrian architecture. Painted wooden window shutters and purple and white petunias adorning the façades make these buildings a lovely sight to behold.

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Which French do you speak?

French is such a diverse language and its speakers can prove to be extremely creative. Did you know, for instance, that different French speakers use different words to count, that some of them grow up using French words that have a different meaning to that in Standard French, or that they use different idioms depending on where they come from? Well, if you’re interested to know more about the French spoken outside of France, I gladly invite you to read further.

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Celebrating World Book Day

The world’s top ten places for book lovers 📚

On 5th March 2020, the UK and Ireland celebrated the 24th World Book Day. This day is also celebrated on 23rd April by more than a hundred countries worldwide. The annual charity event is a UNESCO initiative aiming to promote reading among young people. Many schools, therefore, organise book-themed activities and trips to local libraries where children have the chance to dress as their favourite book character.

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Shanghai: China’s Capital of Magic

Shanghai is the vibrant centre of China’s soaring economy, a bustling international metropolis and an amazing place to experience the best of modern China. Expats have named Shanghai the most attractive city for foreigners in Mainland China, surpassing popular cities including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. This doesn’t come as a surprise – Shanghai is a city of superlatives that will enthral everyone travelling there.

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Luke’s Italian course in Rome

Italian lessons in Rome

Below is an unedited account of a two-week Italian course in Rome from our lovely student Luke.

We first learned about Luke’s infectious enthusiasm for language and travel through an excellent Instagram post he wrote in response to our collaboration with Shut Up and Go.

Founded in 1974, our exceptional language school in Rome has recently celebrated their 45-year anniversary. As Luke has discovered, it’s unquestionably one of the best Italian language schools around. Read on to find out more – and, if you’re interested in taking a course in Rome yourself, get in touch!

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Cool Cádiz in Southern Spain

On the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean is a small peninsula packed with culture, history, and beauty. This special place is called Cádiz, and it’s the perfect study location if you want to learn Spanish in an authentic area with a distinctive Spanish character. You’ll also be spoiled by the wonderful beaches surrounding the city, where you can relax after your lessons.

Still not convinced? This blog post will hopefully change your mind and show you some key parts of this stunning city!

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